LEGO Education has debuted two new tech-free classroom sets, each designed to teach physical science through the lens of sports.
Its BricQ Motion sets offer students new ways to understand abstract concepts – like forces, motion and interaction – using physical LEGO bricks, all themed around sports like gymnastics, skiing and derby racing. 45401 BricQ Motion Essential is aimed at kids aged six and up, while 45400 BricQ Motion Prime has a recommended age range of 10+.
Each physical kit will come with a curriculum featuring six to 10 hours of educational content and teaching resources, including video guides, worksheets and open-ended projects. Primary-level students will be able to conduct investigations around push and pull forces, while secondary-level pupils can go deeper using their scientific inquiry skills.
“Making learning engaging is more crucial than ever, and we are excited to bring two solutions to market that support teachers in the classroom and encourage students in the field of STEAM from a very young age,” said LEGO Education president Esben Stærk.
“From understanding the cause and effect of push-pull forces via a tight rope walker balanced with weighted bricks to exploring Newton’s laws through land yachts and propeller cars, BricQ Motion was designed to engage even more students and teachers in the discovery of STEAM concepts.”
The real draw of the new BricQ Motion sets, though, may be in that tech-free tag. While many LEGO Education kits rely on electronics, these new products eschew digital learning in favour of a physical, hands-on approach.
“I’ve used LEGO Education solutions for years, but I have colleagues who are nervous about diving into their technology-rich solutions,” said Kristin Williams-Luthi, Science Instructional Coach at Gwinnett County Public Schools.
“BricQ Motion is perfect for them – it’s easy to get started, and without the technology aspect, adaptable to use with students whether it’s in-person, hybrid, or remote learning. Even for experienced STEAM teachers like myself, I’m excited to get hands-on with BricQ Motion.”
For more on BricQ Motion – including how you can get your hands on the kits – visit LEGO Education’s official website. Both sets will retail for $99.95 in the US, where they’re already on sale, and each one can be used by up to two students simultaneously. If you’re outside the US, you’ll need to contact your local LEGO Education authorised reseller for pricing and availability, but pre-orders are set to begin this month.